Studying in Canada offers a great opportunity for anyone wanting a world-class education with the added opportunity to work and live on in Canada. Whether you choose to work on campus at the university or off-campus as an intern, international students can earn money while gaining valuable work experience. A study permit counts as a non-resident visa, which means that:
Working in Canada as a student
Most post-secondary students can work on or off campus during their studies without a work permit. To do this, you need to meet all the requirements and check the conditions on your study permit.
Helping your spouse or common-law partner work in Canada
Your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible for an open work permit if you:
The spouse or partner can apply for a work permit before or after they arrive in Canada. The work permit will usually be issued for the same length of time as your study permit. Your spouse or partner does not need a job offer to apply for a work permit.
In some cases, Canadian visa offices abroad will process spouse's or partner's work permit applications at the same time as study permit applications. In this case, you will need to include the additional fee for the work permit and complete the work permit application for your spouse or partner, which is available on the consulate's website.
Most spouses and partners come to Canada as visitors first and apply for a work permit after they are in Canada. If your spouse or partner does not require a temporary resident visa, they may be able to apply for a work permit at the border or airport where they enter Canada.
To work in Canada after you graduate, you need a work permit. The work experience you gain while working may help you qualify for permanent residence.
The government of Canada does not pay for the medical costs of international students. Health coverage for international students is different, depending on where you live. Prospective international students, as well as new arrivals in Canada who remain uncertain, are encouraged to contact the institution they are applying to / have applied to / are attending for more information about health insurance.
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